23 Aug 2006
Manchester - the football and music connection 
From mdmarchive.co.uk:

The Manchester District Music Archive is working with Manchester City FC on a proposed exhibition that will explore the relationship between the city's two major loves: football and music. The exhibition will open late September and will feature a range of exciting artefacts including Stone Roses and Oasis rarities, alongside footage of City greats talking about their favourite music.

We would love to hear from anyone who has any relevant stories or artefacts. Perhaps you've seen a gig at Maine Road or watched games with a well-known Manchester musician...

Email info@mdmarchive.co.uk with your stories, scans and photos.

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A Certain Ratio

"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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